In the past, people who wanted to straighten their teeth had to endure metal braces. The discomfort and embarrassment that accompany traditional orthodontia often kept potential patients, especially adults, from making the choice to straighten their smiles. Luckily, times have changed, and other options are available to give you the perfect smile you want.
Modern options for braces include:
Self-ligating bracket braces – Dr. Fotovat and Dr. Sands offer GAC in-ovation braces self ligating brackets. These brackets are designed with a self closing “door” built into the bracket that eliminates the need for elastics or wire ties. In-ovation brackets are smaller and less noticeable than other self ligating brackets, accumulate less plaque build-up, and are more efficient in shifting the teeth. This means less trips to the orthodontist and faster results.
Ceramic braces – Less visible than metal braces, ceramic brackets blend in with your natural teeth coloring. Ceramic braces are as strong as their metal counterparts, and they resist staining.
Clear braces – Dr. Fotovat and Dr. Sands offer in-ovation clear brackets, which are translucent and use self-ligating rhodium-coated clips instead of elastics or wire ties. In-ovation self-ligating brackets are designed to accumulate less plaque build-up, and are more efficient in shifting the teeth.
Lingual braces – Placed on the back side of your teeth, lingual braces are imperceptible to other people.
Invisalign clear braces – Designed for adult and older teen patients who have all of their permanent teeth, Invisalign clear braces provide a comfortable, effective way to move teeth. Using a series of custom aligners, the Invisalign system exerts gentle pressure on your teeth, moving them into proper position. Wear the aligners about 22 hours a day for optimal results, but feel free to take them out when you eat, brush, or have an important event.